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Day Trip 1: Beaches, Battles & Barrels

35 Miles Edinburgh-Prestonpans-Pencaitland-Coulsland-Edinburgh

We start this tour from Leith, Edinburgh’s port area which is a vibrant area with creative and cultural diversity.  We cycle along the coast to the village of Prestonpans in East Lothian. Prestonpans is twinned with Barga and has a series of murals which feature scenes of life and history in Prestonpans. Prestonpans is a small coastal village in East Lothian with a history which dates back to the 11th Century and is famous for the Battle of Prestonpans during the Jacobite uprising 1745. .

We then cycle to the Glenkinchie Distillery. A tour and tasting is available at the distillery which was founded in 1837. From Glenkinchie distillery we cycle to Coulsland which is a small village which has a history which dates back to the 12th Century. From here we cycle to Musselburgh and then back to Leith. 

Day Trip 2: Beaches, Bridges & Stately Homes

35 Miles Edinburgh-Kirkliston-South Queensferry & The Forth Bridges-Edinburgh

We cycle to the outskirts of Edinburgh to Cramond Brig. On quiet roads we will cycle to Kirkliston. Kirkliston was the location of the first recorded Parliament in Scottish history; the Estates of Scotland met there in 1235, during the reign of Alexander II of Scotland.

We leave Kirkliston and make our way to the small village of Abercorn along quiet roads and then cycle through the estate of Hopetoun House, which is the traditional residence of the Earl of Hopetoun.

South Queensferry is on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. The Forth bridges that traverse the Forth to Fife dominate the pretty town.  

The Forth Railway Bridge is one of the icons of Scotland. Built between 1883 and 1890 by Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Baker, this bridge is one of the most magnificent feats of engineering ever. Work began on the Forth Road Bridge in 1958 and it opened in 1964. The third bridge The Queensferry Crossing is currently under construction.

We continue our cycling along the shore through the estate of Dalmeny House.  Dalmeny House is a gothic revival building and is the home of the Earl and Countess of Roseberry.

We leave the estate and cycle to the small village of Cramond. Cramond is a seaside village in the suburbs of Edinburgh. We continue cycling along the coast until we come to Granton which historically was an industrial area and has a large harbour. We carry on cycling on the main road until we reach the shore in Leith where can stop at one of the many bars for a well earned refreshment.